The Best Reason for Having the Second Amendment

Posted on January 13, 2013 8:00 pm

[High Praise! to The Smallest Minority]

Being armed goes far beyond simple self-protection against thugs or even tyrants — it’s an unequivocal and unmatched lesson that you are politically and morally sovereign; that you, and not the state, are responsible for your life and your fate. This absolute personal sovereignty is the founding stone of the Republic. “A well-regulated militia” (where the militia is “the whole people”) isn’t just “necessary to the security of a free state” because it provides a backup to (and defense against) the police and the army. More importantly, keeping and bearing arms trains sovereign citizens in the art of freedom, and accustoms us to our authority and duty.

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2 Responses to “The Best Reason for Having the Second Amendment”

  1. CTCompromise says:

    Very well said! This is why Liberals have a problem understanding why citizens should own guns (or at least, have the right to). As in most cases, it comes down to how Americans view the relationship of “The American Government” vs.”The American Citizens”.
    The Constitution empowers every American citizen. It grants to every American voter more power than it does to those who “serve” in the House of Congress, the Senate, and even to the President, himself. WE put them in…or vote them out of office. They work for us. We should not idolize them…They are our employees. We should never fear them. They ARE our employees, our servents; to be dismissed at will when we so choose. We are in charge. WE are their boss and/or metaphorical parents.
    Liberals, on the other hand, are happy seeing the Government through the eyes of adoring children who believe “Mummy and Daddy” will make everything safe and beautiful. They will gladly give up personal control, descion making, and power in order to be taken care of. They see a country where the government will take care of them more if and when they surrender more of their power in order to be taken care of. They believe that the more that the government becomes the boss and/or metaphorical parents, the better it will be for all Americans.

    They do not want to be empowered, they want to be entitled. They want what so many came to America to escape. (IMAO)

  2. Longhorn says:

    The Democrats keep threatening to use their “nuclear option” to change Senate rules to make it all but impossible for the minority Republicans to oppose Democratic Party legislative initiatives. Perhaps it is time for those of us who understand the reason why the 2nd Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to propose a nuclear option of our own as follows:

    The Nuclear Option for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

    1. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States.

    2. The President, Vice President, all Senators, and all Congressmen and Congresswomen take an oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

    3. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    4. To “infringe” means to defeat, invalidate, violate, compromise, limit, weaken, diminish, disrupt, curb, encroach upon, destroy, overcome, or crush. In fact, our English word “infringe” comes from the Latin word “infringere,” meaning to destroy, break, lessen, weaken, diminish, overcome, or crush.

    5. Thus, to preserve, protect, defend, and support the Constitution, the President, Vice President, and every single member of Congress must, by law and by sworn or affirmed oath, defend the 2nd Amendment. They do not have the right to pick and choose which portions of the Constitution they will support.

    6. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution gives the House of Representatives the “sole Power of Impeachment.” Articles of Impeachment require only a majority vote.

    7. Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides that the President, Vice President, Senators, and Congressmen and women can be impeached when they are accused of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

    8. Any attempt by elected officials to intentionally and knowingly violate the U.S. Constitution is a “high Crime.” Thus, if the President, Vice President, or any Senator or Congressman or Congresswoman seeks to “infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms,” they are guilty of a high crime against the U.S. Constitution and the American people. Acting together as a political group, these politicians could be accused of “conspiring to knowingly and intentionally violate the Constitution of the United States, a high crime against the people.”

    9. The Republican Party currently holds a majority in the House of Representatives. Thus, if they voted together, and certainly if they had support from a few conservative Democrats, they could bring Articles of Impeachment against the President, Vice President, and any Senator or Congressional Representative who knowingly and intentionally attempted to thwart the 2nd Amendment by voting to weaken it in any way (“shall not be infringed”).

    10. Any such Impeachments would then be referred to the Senate as specified in Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. Impeachment conviction requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate. Since the Democratic Party currently holds a majority in the Senate, it is unlikely that any elected representative, or at least no Democrat, would be convicted. However, the very act of bringing Articles of Impeachment against elected representatives for “high crimes” against the Constitution would focus embarrassing attention on the seriousness of their attempts to weaken the 2nd Amendment.

    11. In the unlikely event that an elected representative was convicted, the prescribed punishment is removal from office and potentially includes disqualification from holding office in the future.

    12. The risk of unfavorable publicity, and the remote though real possibility of conviction, would present the President, Vice President, and Congressional representatives with a very unpleasant prospect. Even if not convicted, their opposition to the 2nd Amendment would be a matter of public record and would warn future politicians that they tamper with the Constitution at their own peril.

    13. Military officers take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    14. Enlisted military personnel also take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    15. Thus, military personnel, both commissioned officers and all enlisted personnel, are bound by their oath to “defend the Constitution” against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Any person who knowingly and intentionally seeks to thwart or invalidate any part of the Constitution, without amending it, is a domestic enemy of the people, who rely upon the Constitution as the inviolate guarantor of their rights.

    Our elected representatives must be held accountable to their oaths to uphold the Constitution. They can, and should be, impeached for violation of those oaths. The Constitution is not something that politicians should be allowed to obey or disobey at will. The Constitution is the framework of our entire system of government and it is the written, ratified document that affirms and guarantees our rights.

    We must not be like the proverbial frog in a pot where the temperature was so gradually raised that the frog was eventually killed, even though he could have easily jumped from the pot at any time. If the President and Senate succeed in weakening the 2nd Amendment either through legislation or Executive Order, it will set a precedent that the President or Congress could do so sequentially and incrementally to eventually remove all meaningful ability of the people to “keep and bear arms.” That must never happen.

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